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- Google Releases Chrome Extension That Restores Backspace as "Back" Button
Google has published a Chrome extension named Go Back With Backspace which restores a feature the company removed from its browser in Chrome 52, released at the start of August. Back in May, to the dismay of a large majority of its users, Google announced it would remove the "navigate back" functionality of the Backspace keyboard shortcut, which doubled for so many years as a "Back" button. Four in 10,000 users used the Backspace key as a Back button Google explained its decision by saying that only 0.04 percent of all Chrome users used the keyboard shortcut to navigate back. Additionally, 0.005 percent of those Backspace presses (and "back" navigations) came on web pages containing forms, meaning the user most likely pressed it by accident and had lost all the form's data, requiring to refill all the fields. ...
- Google Will Discontinue Chrome Apps for Windows, Mac, and Linux in Early 2018
Google announced today plans to discontinue Chrome apps in early 2018 for Windows, Mac, and Linux users. Chrome apps are self-contained web applications that run inside the Chrome browser, separately from web pages, inside special containers. Google introduced Chrome apps in the Chrome browser in 2010, and they were a moderate success. Chrome apps weren't as successful as everyone thought Developers could create two type of apps, hosted and packaged apps. Google says that only 1 percent of all Windows, Mac, and Linux users used packaged apps, which are like self-standing desktop apps that could be launched via Chrome or the Chrome App Launcher (retired last month). As for hosted Chrome apps, Google says that most of them had web-based versions, accessible via any an URL and any other browser, so there was no reason to keep a Chrome-specific app just for that. The Google team also justifies its decision to retire Chrome apps by saying that Web-b...
- Here Are the Seven Candidates for Mozilla's New Logo
Two months after starting an "open rebranding" for the Foundation's new logo, Mozilla has narrowed down the number of choices to seven design routes. By "open branding" Mozilla didn't ask for user submissions but said that the logo choice and as much as the input as possible would be coming from its users, not execs in a San Francisco office. All seven logo candidates came from UK-based design firm Johnson Banks, who previously worked with Virgin, the London Science Museum, and the Guggenheim Museum. Each logo candidate is unique in its own right and gives users good alternatives to choose a favorite from. The logos also have their unique names: The Eye, The Connector, The Open Button, Protocol, Wireframe World, The Impossible M, and Flik Flak. Unfortunately, the design community was not impressed, according to feedback provided on
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